My birthday present came yesterday. Since I knew what it was how could I have it in the house and not use it?
"No, please, put it away. It's not my birthday for another 28 days. I couldn't possibly. It's not right. It goes against standard birthday tradition."
That would be torture. No. I got it, I opened it, I've used it.
It's a beautiful Zero 2000 pinhole camera. This is a lovely, handmade, wood, pinhole camera that takes 120 film. I find this incredibly practical because often pinholes require paper film. I promised myself I would never mess with my health by messing with developing chemicals and I'm sticking to it. Many other pinholes take attachable backs such as polaroid backs or other size backs. I've got lots of polaroids and didn't want another one.
The camera I chose was the regular 6X6 format. Many of my box cameras already take rectangular photos and I prefer square. I didn't get any of the fancy add-ons although I'm starting to covet a name plate.
Overall I am really impressed with the camera. It is much slicker than it appears in photos on the website. The Zero Image company didn't spare any expense in their packaging of the camera. It even comes with a little certificate of authenticity and there is a little brass plate affixed inside stating the number and the edition.
Right now my goal is to finish a roll so I can see what is possible. Yesterday I took a number of day-time shots and last night I did a few 15 minute exposures both outside and inside. I've been using 100 asa colour film and since I don't have a hand-held light metre, I've been using my digital camera to calculate exposure times.
Check out this gallery to see some of the photos people have taken with the Zero 2000.